The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Gold Award

Despite its bucolic name, The Harrow is not some timeless local pub, but a full-blown country restaurant in a secluded village on the Kennet and Avon Canal. It’s quiet Wiltshire location makes for a great foodie getaway and there are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding area, ranging from quirky B&Bs to sleek five-star hotels.  

The unstuffy dining room is flooded with plenty of natural light thanks to large windows, while muted modern shades, high-backed leather chairs and crisp white linen secure The Harrow’s status as a restaurant with both style and substance.

The menu of accomplished modern cooking is driven by high-quality seasonal ingredients, with day-boat catches from British waters showing up strongly. The Harrow offers a choice of three menus to their guests – an eight-course gourmet set menu, a set six-course tasting menu and a five-course lunch menu, with both vegetarian and vegan alternatives available.

The menus at The Harrow are subject to daily changes as the restaurant uses only the best seasonal ingredients which are delivered to the kitchen team each morning, but courses may include dishes such as carpaccio of Welsh black beef with mango chutney, pistachio and chilli, or free-range chicken and foie gras ravioli with truffles and ceps.

Sweeter dishes meanwhile may see a dish of chocolate and cherry, or perhaps rice pudding with rhubarb and ginger ice cream. For the savoury-toothed, there is a selection of British cheese available.  

The Harrow’s other stand-out selling point is its 900-bin wine list, which is an oenophile’s delight, featuring bottles from serious growers at very fair prices, from locations such as Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Luxury
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating


Little Bedwyn, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3JP

01672 870871


Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun Closed


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4 Reviews 

Michael S

05 April 2019  
Outstanding cuisine and exemplary wine list of Australian, New Zealand and South African wines.

Michael S

26 March 2018  
The best of British - Guy Owen is one to watch - really cementing Cornwall's food credentials and showcasing the best produce from their doorstep.

Wendy M

11 December 2011  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
I like Modern British Cooking especially when delivered with a flair and elegance which out-classes the snobbishly French fashion of over-stylised cuisine that perhaps a few too many Brits have adopted in the past. Even better when it is served within the walls of an under-stated country establishment, where you can relax in the company of good friends. We ate carefully spiced and precisely balanced ingredients which had been confidently put together to correlate agreeably. Beetroot amuse bouche had just sufficient spicy heat and cumin fragrance to complement the sweet beet’ puree, which stood up to the topping of smoked eel cream that actually resembled the texture of pate. Breads were perfectly soft and warm. Who would have thought of putting lobster with dahl – I am so glad they did. A risotto had a dense rich woodiness from chestnuts and English, yes English, truffle with a piquancy coming from the cheese. Scallops, my sister-in-law told us, were cooked to perfection and arranged within a neatly colourful pea and chorizo surround. I tried to quell excitement in anticipation of the main event. Delicately steamed turbot sat above chicken and vegetable broth, which only just failed to eclipse the outstanding performance by the Pembrokeshire lobster and spiced creamy lentils. Venison was a triumph cooked exactly to order that brought satisfying smiles to those dining at our table. A pre-dessert was a sensational take on boiled egg with soldiers. I won’t give the game away completely….but it is worth ordering dessert just for this. If you like silky textures and mango, you will love this. Dessert was of course, impeccably produced, and like everything else was assembled to a clean, modern and modest style, where the palate gets the best deal. At the risk of almost never finishing this comment, comfort, atmosphere, service, and wine are quite deserving of mention, but it is obvious where the emphasis is, and should be. Unspeakably good! Need I say, the sort of food that makes me enthuse all the way home. Now for the real test : can they maintain this standard? I, for one, intend to find out.

Mark D

12 October 2009  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
You can tell there’s enormous passion in this restaurant through the constantly changing roster of special menus, the lovingly put-together wine list and the way the staff, particularly Sue (wife of chef Roger Jones), explain every aspect of the menu – from starters to cheese. Well-crafted menus are a celebration of flavour and good (not fanciful) technique. Understated, but in every respect a foodie's haven.
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